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See you next year


Vol. 3, No. 45, 18/12/2002

In This Issue:
* From the editor
* Motivate your web writers
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly thought
* Need content?
* At your service
* Things that make you go huh?

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From the editor
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This is the last newsletter for 2002.

Thank you for keeping me company all year.

Your contributions, support and positive feedback make it
all worthwhile, particularly when the going gets rugged.

I'll be back on ABC Radio on Monday, January 20, so the
first newsletter for the new year will be January 22.

I wish you a peaceful, happy and content Christmas.


PS Robert Green Ingersoll penned his wish list for
Christmas in 1897 but it's still relevant -

Motivate your web writers
If you can't face another year of badly written and
organised online content on your web site or intranet, book
an in-house workshop with someone who does it for a living.
Choose from web writing and information structure, content
essentials (including usability, accessibility and
promotion), or e-newsletters. Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au
for a quote.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/

Web content tip
The Australian High Court's decision last week has created a
tropical storm in cyberspace.

The court gave Victorian businessman, Joseph Gutnick, the
go-ahead to sue Dow Jones Inc, publisher of the Wall Street
Journal, for defamation.

What could that mean for free speech on the Internet?

More: http://tinyurl.com/3n50

Email tip
If you've missed the snail mail, send a musical animated
e-card instead. Try these -


Readers write
Christmas is a time for children but, in our uncertain
times, adults could benefit from its magic too.

Pollyanna explains in her last column for 2002.

Thank you, Pollyanna, for your wisdom, humour and optimism
during a difficult year.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/column.asp?writer=2

The Y Files
Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Surf Club (web site reviews)
Vegetarian Christmas Recipes
Need an alternative to turkey, chicken, fish or ham this
Christmas? How about broccoli cream cheese and pear and
almond soup or luxury nut and seed loaf with cranberry,
apple and brandy sauce? Dig into the archive for vegetarian
recipes from Christmas past or learn the top 10 survival
tips for a vegetarian Christmas.
In a net shell: Meat-free zone.

Eminem, Adidas and West Nile Virus were among the most
popular queries on Ask Jeeves in 2002. The most popular
question, "Where can I find song lyrics?", was closely
followed by searches for online dictionaries. Other hot
topics included the slowing economy and poor job market,
baby names and pregnancy.
In a net shell: FAQs.

Relate - Tips for the Holiday Season
Christmas can be a difficult time for everyone,
particularly if you're having relationship problems.
Discover coping strategies for tricky situations including
being newly single, blended families, bereavement,
long-distance love and a new baby.
In a net shell: Take it easy.

The Best Christmas Trivia Quiz Ever
Think you know your carols? See if you can guess the
correct titles of the cryptic carols listed (eg "Nocturnal
timespan of unbroken quietness" is "Silent Night").
In a net shell: Test your nog.

New Year's Resolutions for Webmasters
Instead of developing resolutions for yourself, how about
doing the Net a favour and vow to improve your web site?
Resolve to help your web pages lose weight (so they
download more quickly), be more interactive (answer
feedback), find a better home (domain) or polish your
In a net shell: Web of life.

Weird Christmas Traditions
Did you know that people in Poland used to believe that
animals could talk on Christmas Eve? Or that Santa in
Iceland is more of a joker than a postman, with a different
little troll man (some of them evil) for every day of the
Christmas calendar? Discover all about weird holiday
In a net shell: Yuletide lore.

* reviews are previewed on ABC Local Radio Queensland about
8.35pm Mondays - tune in at http://abc.net.au/backyard/

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp

Reader choice
Cards 4 Sorrow
Brisbane’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Floorshow Cast is
holding a special introductory day at 6pm on Sunday 5
January at Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace, for fans
interested in joining the group. The practice of
performing a live lip-synch act alongside screenings of the
cult film has added to the everlasting appeal.
- Submitted by Kristian Fletcher

Send a brief review of your favourite site to

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/showcategory.asp?categoryid=26

Weekly thought
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is
to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Need content?
To reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web
site in your own publication, please
email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/

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Search the profiles in Content Jobs or add your own.

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Things that make you go huh?
"Yvette, this is the best ebook ever! Oh my God, who
knew??...BTW, I LOVE the virtual autopsy (mystery lover
here...)." - Tina Swift, Library Business Manager and
freelance writer, western Massachusetts.

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Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot -


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